Sep 122017
 

Have you ever had too much of a jewelry supply you didn’t really care for? This project began because I found myself with a supply of far more copper split rings that I would ever want or need to use.

iris dagger earrings cover

The idea for using the split rings as spacers between beads started with seeing other designs that used wire coils as spacers in between beads. I really like the way the split rings slip and twist against each other, creating random movement.

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If you are one of my $5 or above monthly Patreon supporters be sure to check out the patron-only longer version of this video where I share a tutorial for these crystal point earrings. They are similar, but actually use spacer beads in between the dangles.

I love how the wire wrapping around the crystal shards has a kind of steampunk, industrial, sci-fi look. Or something like that… What would you call it?

Whatever you call it, I’m was really pleased with the final effect of this wrapping that leaves the interestingly jagged top edges of the beads exposed.

Tools and Materials:

For bonus patron project:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Blue Iris Dagger Bead Dangle Earrings-Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Aug 152017
 

Have you ever purchased beads or charms just because you liked them, but without any idea what you were going to use them for?

starfish charms earrings cover

Since I don’t have unlimited funds I try not to purchase things without at least an idea of what I’m going to do with them, but sometimes you just have to go for it and trust that the ideas will come later!

That’s what I did with these starfish beads. I purchase them at Michael’s, they come on a strand of 12 beads, four each in antique copper, antique gold and antique silver finish.

They would make a really cute dangly charm bracelet just by stringing them onto head pins with some other beads and hanging them all from a bracelet chain, but that seemed kind of obvious and I’ve made lots and lots of charm bracelets.

Sooooooo….

In today’s video I give you ideas for using many of your beads and charms in unique ways and I’ll also give you tips for making your earrings hang nicely and keep your charms facing the way you want them to.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Starfish Charm Earrings-Jewelry Design Tutorial video at YouTube.

Mar 282017
 

crusty boho earrings cover

These earrings are so simple to put together, but have so much going on! It was about time that I found a way to use the beads I made by mistake when creating the Faux Sea Glass Beads video.

Most of the work of these earrings in in choosing all the bits and pieces to layer together. This mix of shapes, colors and textures gives a great funky, earthy look, but you could just as easily get something elegant and sparkly by using glass beads and Swarovski crystals. Just use the design as your jumping off point to make a style that suits you.

As I mention in the video, if all your beads have large enough holes you can string the whole thing on waxed linen twine. Otherwise, use an eye pin to string most of your beads, then add a twine dangle at the bottom. 

Tools & Materials:

Btw, here’s the video I mention for wire wrapping undrilled pieces.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Crusty Boho Earrings-Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Sep 272016
 

copper dome earrings

It is so satisfying to take a simple blank piece of metal and with the application of a few tools turn it into something quite unique and beautiful. I suppose it  would’ve been more satisfying only if I had mined the ore and rolled the sheet metal myself. 🙂

Perhaps at first glance you might think that today’s earring design is far beyond your available skills or tools, but in the video I show you how you can make them with simple supplies that you can get at your local craft store. Of course, below I will provide online links to the things you need as well.

Also in the video you’ll see what I mean when I say, “make visual decisions visually.” I started out with an initial idea on how I wanted to use my glass beads, but after laying them out realized I needed to change things a bit to achieve a nice design.

Tools & Materials:

In the video I reference a few other videos I’ve made showing helpful techniques:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Copper Dome Earrings-Metal Jewelry Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 032015
 

Happy first What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday  of March!

2015 03 05 woyww wire wrapped earrings

Today I’m still working through Abby Hook’s Wire Jewelry Masterclass.

2015 03 05 woyww wire wrapped earrings close

Here is one of her Mermaid’s Purse earrings done and the frame for the second one started.

I love that the fine gauge wire was reclaimed from discarded electronics by my son. All I have to do is run it through a candle flame to burn off the coating, then remove the firescale with a bit of sandpaper.

Wondering why I’m posting photos of my desk? Well it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all go visiting the creative spaces of creative people all over the world. The blog link party starts at Julia’s.

Mar 072014
 

Today’s project is from a Craftsy class, Make Your Own Wirework Findings.  I’ve wanted to try it for a while, but didn’t have the heavy gauge wire necessary.

paddled copper headpin earrings

These headpins are 12 gauge copper wires with one end hammered into a paddle shape. You then slide on the beads (the green ones are lampwork beads I made a long time ago when I had a lampwork studio) and then roll over the loop.  Simple, but quite interesting.

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Watching Lisa demonstrate in the class I always had the feeling there was something tricky and mine would never come out shaped nicely, but her tips and tricks made them come out pretty good, imo. 🙂

The next step will be to make some matching ear wires, also taught in this class.

Check back on Monday for day 6 of Make It In March. In the meantime, happy creating!